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McConnell congratulates Biden on win; Biden picks Pete Buttigieg for transportation secretary

President-elect Joe Biden attacked Republicans for making baseless claims about the legitimacy of the election on Dec. 14 in Wilmington, Del. (Video: The Washington Post)
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday congratulated President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala D. Harris on their victory, one day after the electoral college voted in state capitals across the country.

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The remarks by McConnell (R-Ky.) came as Biden traveled to Georgia, where he campaigned for the two Democratic Senate candidates competing in runoff elections. “The only thing that can tear America apart is America itself. So let’s choose hope over fear, unity over division, science over fiction and yes, truth over lies,” Biden said in a “get-out-the-vote” appeal. The races will determine which party controls the Senate when Biden takes office.

Meanwhile, Biden plans to nominate former South Bend, Ind., mayor Pete Buttigieg for transportation secretary, elevating a formal rival for the Democratic nomination to a key Cabinet position, according to three people familiar with the decision.

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